Racquetball ties Kirkwood at State: loses to tie-breaker rule
By Vincent Weinbauer, Sports Editor

When considering typical State Championships, it usually goes one of two ways: a win or a loss. This wasn’t the case for the St. Louis U. High racquetball team last week as it unfortunately ended in a tie with Kirkwood. However due to a tie-breaker rule last used in 2005, Kirkwood walked away with the first place trophy. 

Rifle hosts first fully electronic qualifier for Air Rifle Junior Olympics
Micah Doherty

Two weeks ago, St. Louis U. High conducted its first all-electronic match, distinguished by its hosting of the Missouri Junior Olympics Qualifier. This event presented a significant opportunity for individuals across the state to earn a coveted spot in the Air Rifle Junior Olympics scheduled for April. 

Athlete of the Week: Zack Keller
By Vincent Weinbauer, Sports Editor

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Varsity Racquetball No. 4 seed senior Zack Keller. Zack went undefeated in regular season play and inched his way to win his bracket at state. With Zack’s nail-biting match against Kirkwood’s John Vonder-Bruegge he helped SLUH tie Kirkwood in the state championship (which ended with a Kirkwood victory through the tie-breaker rule).

Final Fight: Hockey takes a heartbreaking loss to Marquette
By Theo Agniel, Gavin Simon, Daniel Neuner, Core Staff, reporters

After tying Marquette 1-1 last Friday night, the St. Louis U. High hockey team came up short in the second leg of the Challenge Cup semifinals, losing to the Mustangs 3-1 on Saturday. It was a gritty battle between the two teams in both games at Centene Community Ice Center last weekend, but Marquette’s narrow victory on Saturday sent them to the Challenge Cup final tonight against De Smet and ended SLUH’s great playoff run.

Moving on! Hockey takes down number 1 seed CBC in thrilling fashion
Micah Doherty

On to the semifinals! The St. Louis U. High hockey team ousted the No. 1 seed in their pool, bitter rival CBC, 4-2 Tuesday night in the last game of round robin play. Both teams had wins in the round robin against Chaminade and Parkway South. However, SLUH had a loss to Vianney and CBC had tied them, meaning the Cadets only needed a tie to advance to the final four, whereas the U-High had a must-win game on their hands.

SLUH wrestling left in a headlock after lackluster weekend tournament at Lafayette High School
By Bill Albus, Core Staff

The Jr. Bill wrestlers ventured west to Lafayette High School last weekend to wrestle in the Class Four District Tournament. The class that St. Louis U. High wrestles in is the deepest and most challenging class and makes qualifying for state that much more difficult. In every district, the top four wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the state tournament to create a 16-man state bracket. 

Athlete of the Week: Logan Petlansky
By Vincent Weinbauer, Sports Editor

This week's Athlete of the Week is Varsity Hockey assistant captain senior Logan Petlansky. In this week's game against CBC Logan scored twice and added an assist. The game against CBC was a do-or-die situation for the Jr. Bills, and their win against the Cadets moved them along to the state semifinals.

Yane finishes top 50 in 100k at Black Canyon Ultramarathon
Jens Istvan, Core Staff

Many runners joke that the only kind of math they like to do is calculating their mile splits. However, this isn’t the case for St. Louis U. High math teacher and running coach Walker Yane, who recently competed in the Black Canyon 100 kilometer trail Ultramarathon in Mayer, Arizona.

Racquetball falls to Kirkwood: Looks to state for vengeance.
Charlie Gray, reporter

After sweeping their past two matches, the St. Louis University High varsity racquetball team lost another tight battle with perennial powerhouse Kirkwood High School. The last time these teams faced off, Kirkwood won 4-3, and the result was the same this time around too. Both matches were extremely close and could’ve gone either way. Each game was tight, and if it was not for some mental slipups, SLUH could have run away with the win.  

 Rifle competes against Nashville rivals, ending three week travel trip
Nicholas Bull, reporter

The Varsity Rifle team ended its three-week traveling streak with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee to shoot against their big-time rivals Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) and Harpeth Hall. This match marked the 21st annual meeting between SLUH and MBA, both extremely prestigious schools.

Hockey dispatches Chaminade easily; gears for final pool play game against CBC
Gavin Simon and Daniel Neuner, reporters

The Jr. Bills faced off against the Chaminade Red Devils for a third time this season on Monday night in another win or go home game. In their first encounter, the Red Devils narrowly bested the Jr. Bills by one goal, but in their second faceoff, the Jr. Bills pummeled Chaminade as they cruised to a victory by multiple goals. That was the regular season, however. With the Jr. Bills in full playoff hockey mode now, the regular season meant nothing. They left their even record with Chaminade in the rearview mirror, their eyes only focused on the game ahead of them.

Athlete of the Week: Kai Duncan
Theo Agniel, Core Staff

This week’s Athlete of the Week is varsity hockey player junior Kai Duncan. Duncan, a star left winger for the team, is in his second year attending SLUH and playing for varsity. In hockey’s most recent game against Chaminade, Duncan scored two goals, created another one, and had a crucial steal to help spur the Jr. Bills’ 6-1 win.

Super Bowl Predictions
Matteo Abbate, Vincent Weinbauer, Drew Figge, Theo Agniel, and Otto Reitenbach

A rematch of 2020. The NFC’s best versus the AFC’s best. The finale of the NFL season. This year’s Super Bowl features the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers come into the Super Bowl with a 14-5 record on the season as the NFC one seed. The Chiefs enter the Super Bowl with a 14-6 record and were the three seed from the AFC. Here are the Prep News predictions from different members of our stats: 

Athlete of the Week: Jalen Jones
Vincent Weinbauer, Sports Editor

This week’s Athlete of the Week is varsity basketball player senior Jalen Jones.  Jones has served as one of the team leaders as one of three seniors on the team this year. Last week against De Smet, Jalen helped SLUH beat the dreaded Spartans for the first time since 2018.

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